Rice is a staple in many people’s diets. But you may not know that rice paddies are one of the biggest sources of global methane emissions — a potent greenhouse gas. Now, researchers have found a way to nearly eliminate methane emissions from rice paddies.
When it comes to greenhouse gases, methane is a major contributor to climate change. It is 20 times more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
Researchers estimate that up to 15 percent of global human-caused methane emissions comes from growing rice.